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Surprises, claws and various articles

Dear readers, something nice but unexpected came up recently. As you can imagine, preparations for the release of LibreOffice 5 are keeping many people busy these days. Among the things that need to be found is the choice of collaterals and various elements for communication. It could very well be …

Software Commons

An attentive reader of this blog made this private comment about software commons to me a few days ago: There are no real software commons, because you cannot compare these with actual, material commons such as air or water. One should treat software proprietary or free as in freedom, as …

Eyes & Ears July session

Welcome to the Eyes and Ears’ session of July 2015! This month we are going to “pump up” the volume a bit – however we’ll still be listending at mostly chill-out tracks. You know, it’s Summer season and it’s good to get some drums going up! Without much further ado …

LibreOffice 5, a foundation for the future

The release of the next major version of LibreOffice, the 5.0, is approaching fast. In several ways this is an unique release and I’d like to explain a bit why. LibreOffice matters as much for its features as it does as a platform. Every major release of our office suite …

Forward into the land of Emacs

 A few months ago I reported about my advancement in my use of Emacs. This post will be a report of my further progress. Quick reminder: I started using emacs for project management and working on web sites. I still do that today, even though I spent much less time …

Eyes & Ears – June edition

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes and Ears. Today we have a rather eclectic choice as we’ll listen to ambient music, deep house, as well as rock and folk tracks. And without much further ado, let’s start with one of my favourite artists, Melorman, who’s often featured in the …

Silos & Peers

Since a few years already one of the main buzzwords of the I.T. industry is the Cloud. I do not mean to suggest that cloud computing is only a buzzword, far from that, and several articles of these blogs actually explain the opposite. This post won’t be about a buzzword …

Mandriva : An obituary

Mandriva is certainly a rather unique company; it has also been the company for which I was privileged enough to work two times, one in 2003 as an intern for several months. Back then I used to handle the national resellers’network. The second time was ten years afterwards in 2012 …

Software Commons vs. Product

One regular reader of this blog contacted me a few days ago to share a few suggestions and some concerns about the LibreOffice project. I did not agree with many of the points he was making, but a few of them made sense. I’d like to discuss the main one, …

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